István Csoknyai

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István Csoknyai
István Csoknyai - Handball-Teamchef Hungary (1).jpg
Personal information
Born (1964-10-24) 24 October 1964 (age 54)
Dunaújváros, Hungary
Nationality Hungarian
Height 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Club information
Current club Balatonfüredi KSE
Senior clubs
Years Team
Dunaferr SE
Honvéd Szondi SE (loan)
KC Veszprém
National team
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Hungary 170 (168)
Teams managed
Balatonfüredi KSE

István Csoknyai (Hungarian: [ˈiʃtvaːn ˈt͡ʃokɲɒi]; born 24 October 1964)[1] is a Hungarian former international handball player and currently the head coach of the Hungary national handball team and thee head coach of Balatonfüredi KSE.



Csoknyai started his career by his hometown club Dunaferr SE in 1983, and except a short spell at Honvéd Szondi SE he stayed until 1990. Dunaferr was a yo-yo club that period and Csoknyai has experienced three relegations (1984, 1986, 1989) and three promotions (1983, 1985, 1987) during his time at the club. Despite playing for a struggling team, his impressive display have convinced KC Veszprém of being a quality player, and the Transdanubians have moved on to sign the back player.

Csoknyai spent fifteen seasons with Veszprém and played a major role in the success story of the team, that have gained near total domination in domestic competitions and also became a top club on continental level. He has won twelve Hungarian championship and as many Hungarian cup titles in these years, completing his collection with an EHF Cup Winners' Cup gold medal. In 2002, he was close to take the most prestigious continental event, the EHF Champions League trophy as well, but Veszprém fell short to SC Magdeburg in the finals.[2]

Three years later, at the age of 40, he finally gave up playing professional handball. He has hold the record of most domestic league and cup titles and most league and continental competition matches amongst the Hungarian players when retired.[3]

Csoknyai did not stay away entirely from the sport, as he took the assistant coach position of Veszprém after his retirement. In 2014 Csoknyai became the head coach of Balatonfüredi KSE, an affiliate team of Veszprém, and took a number of youngsters with him.[4]

From September 2009 to July 2010 he also worked as the head coach of the Hungarian men's national handball team, but under his guidance the team did not perform as it was expected and achieved only a disappointing fourteenth place on the 2010 European Championship.[5]

In 2018, he was appointed again as the coach of the Hungarian national team along with Vladan Matić.


Csoknyai, who has been capped 170 times for Hungary, made his international debut on 13 June 1991 against Austria. He participated on the 1992 Summer Olympics a year later, where he played on five games and scored six goals.[1]

He took part on three World Championships (1993, 1997, 1999), capturing the best result in 1997 by finishing fourth.[6] Csoknyai was also present on the European Championship three times in row between 1994 and 1998, achieving a seventh, a tenth and a sixth place, respectively.

He has ended his long international career on 6 June 2004 with a match against Norway.[3]


He is married and has three children, two son, András (b. 1987) and Balázs (b. 1989) and a daughter, Nóra (b. 1994). All three are handball players.[3]


Individual awards[edit]

  • Pro Urbe Prize (1992, 2002)
  • Life Achievement Award of Veszprém County (2004)


  1. ^ a b "István Csoknyai". Archived from the original on 4 November 2012. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
  2. ^ "2001/02 Men's Champions League Finals". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Elköszönt a veszprémi legenda" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport Online. 4 September 2005. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Férfi kézi: Csoknyai nem egyedül érkezik Balatonfüredre" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 13 October 2014.
  5. ^ "2010 Men's European Championship Final Round". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 23 March 2011.
  6. ^ "Magyarok a férfi világbajnokságokon, érmesek" (in Hungarian). Nemzeti Sport Online. Retrieved 23 March 2011.

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